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Today President Obama designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument – our nation’s newest national monument and the 413th site in the national park system. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will permanently protect north-central Maine’s  awe-inspiring mountains, forests and waters for current and future generations. The approximately 87,500 acres that make up the new national monument is rich in biodiversity and known for its outstanding opportunities to hike, canoe, hunt, fish, snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski. What a great way to kick off the National Park Service’s next 100 years of conservation! Photos courtesy of Bill Duffy (top) and Scott Miller (middle & bottom).

Today, President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine to honor 100 years of the National Park Service. To date, the President has protected more land and water than any other president in history—commitments that will protect our land, water and wildlife for future generations: http://go.wh.gov/moysMZ

Top Shot: We Bear A Resemblance

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

A juvenile kodiak playfully paws the face of another juvenile in the meadows of Lake Clark National Park & Preserve in Alaska. Your Shot photographer Eric Esterle talks about capturing this moment. “I followed these two around for about an hour as they displayed an amazing stamina for mischievous wrestling and play fighting that will help them in the future. An amazing sight to behold in such a beautiful place. There truly is something special in witnessing wild animals in a truly wild atmosphere without being influenced by humans in any way.” Photograph by Eric Esterle

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The famous waterfalls of Plitvice National Park, including slow motion

  • Morgan:[sees Reid putting too much sugar on his mug] Easy there, tough guy. Have some coffee with your sugar.
  • Reid:I need something to wake me up.
  • Morgan:Oooohhh... late night?
  • Reid:Very
  • Morgan:[grins] My man!
  • Reid:[shakes head] Not that kind of late night.
  • Morgan:[laughs] Okay, so tell me, what does keep young Dr. Reid awake at night? Wait, let me guess, memorizing some script textbook. No, no, no. Working on cold fusion. No, I got it, I got it. Watching Star Trek, and laughing at the physics mistakes.
  • Reid:[silent for a moment] Actually, there aren't that many scientific errors in Star Trek, especially considering how long ago it was made. There are certain improbabilities but, not that many outright errors.
  • Morgan:
  • Morgan:...right.